By UNCG Jewish Studies Program Artist-in-Residence, Shoshana Gugenheim Kedem
In collaboration with: The University of North Carolina Greensboro Jewish Studies Program, Religious Studies Department, School of Visual and Performing Arts and Greensboro Project Space. Community collaborators include: B’nai Shalom Jewish Day School, Scuppernong Books, Temple Beth David and Greensboro Jewish Federation
What can serve as an emerging model of a contemporary Jewish museum in the United States today? How can small Jewish communities throughout the Southern United States claim the same cultural agency to create a Jewish museum as that of their metropolis counterparts: San Francisco, New York or LA? What would be housed in this museum? Who amongst the Jewish people would be represented? What would that representation look like through material and other cultural production?
The Greensboro Contemporary Jewish Museum (GCJM) the only Jewish museum of its kind in North Carolina, is a Jewish museum created in collaboration with faculty and students in the Jewish Studies program and College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and the greater Greensboro Jewish public. Focusing on object as agent of faith, the Museum shines a light on everyday objects that facilitate contemporary Jewish faith in its varied forms. These “sacred” household objects, their stories and the stories of their keepers are the content for a living archive that makes up this inaugural exhibition.
Contributors, Jewish residents of Greensboro, North Carolina, were prompted to “share about a personal object imbued with significance” to them as a Jew. Moving beyond the universally identifiable objects to the particular these objects become a window into some of the most intimate moments in life.Visit https://www.greensborocjm.org/ to learn more.
February 20th, 2020
The GCJM Art Truck will be on site recording conversations with Greensboro Jewish residents. To participate, bring an object imbued with signi cance to you as a Jew. Your object and story will become part of the GCJM collection.
February 21st, 2020
SHABBAT @ Elsewhere (606 S Elm St.) 10am - Noon Shabbat Dessert & Challah Baking with Hadar Kedem RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org Noon - 3pm Collaborative Shabbat Food Prep and Kitchen “Dance Party” with the Kedem Family Open to all who are registered for the Shabbat meal 6 - 9pm Shabbat Meal and Celebration Collaborative Shabbat Potluck meal. Participation is limited. Visit: go.uncg.edu/gcjmshabbatdinner for information and registration.
February 22nd, 2020
Havdalah and Poetry Reading @ Greensboro Project Space (219 W Lewis St.)7:15 - 9:15pm As we bid farewell to the Sabbath and welcome in the new week, four North Carolina Writers--Richard Chess, Lori Horvitz, Jessica Jacobs, and Jacob Paul-- will read poetry and prose exploring Jewish themes.
February 23rd, 2020
Creative Writing Workshops @ Greensboro Project Space (219 W Lewis St.) 10am - 1pm Two workshops led by Richard Chess and Jessica Jacobs will invite you to explore different aspects of spiritual and religious practices and identities through creative writing. Free and open to participants of all all faiths and writing levels.
Greensboro Contemporary Jewish Museum Art Truck1pm - 4pm @ Scuppernong Bookstore (304 S Elm St.)
Visit the GCJM Bookstore situated inside Scuppernong. Enjoy good reads by Jewish NC authors. The GCJM Art Truck will be on site recording conversations with Greensboro Jewish residents. To participate, bring an object imbued with signi cance to you as a Jew. Your object and story will become part of the GCJM collection.----------------For the duration of the exhibition, the GCJM will activate the UNCG Art Truck by collecting stories about objects of significance from Greensboro Jewish residents at sites throughout the city. Visit www.GreensboroCJM.org for details.----------------
The Greensboro Contemporary Jewish Museum is collaborating with Scuppernong, a local and independent bookstore in downtown Greensboro, to bring you The GCJM Bookstore.
North Carolina poets Jessica Jacobs and Richard Chess have curated a collection of titles by Jewish authors of all genres residing in North Carolina. Visit the bookstore between Feb 20th and March 13th to browse the collection, buy some goods and relax with a cup of tea.
GCJM is a collaborative work of the artist Shoshana Gugenheim Kedem with UNCG’s Jewish Studies Program, Religious Studies Department, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Greensboro Project Space, and the greater Greensboro Jewish Community. With generous funding from the Herman and Zelda Bernard Distinguished Professorship in Jewish Studies the Henry Samuel Levinson Program Endowment for Jewish Studies, the Barbara Colchamiro Endowment,the Judith Rosenstock Hyman Jewish Studies Program Endowment, and the Greensboro Jewish Federation